When God Speaks

Schuyler Peterson

4.5 Stars

November 9, 2017

When I was in school, there were two types of students I admired: the talented and the hardworking. Some people had a natural aptitude for particular subjects, but others hustled to put in more time and sweat in order to achieve their desired goals. Mark Batterson strikes me as the latter. His writing is not magnificent, but he clearly does the needed research to produce interesting and enjoyable books. Most of his illustrations are historical, and he frequently refers to events that happened in early American history; given that he hails from Washington, D.C., these stories hit the mark every time. 

The publisher's faith in Mark Batterson is evident in the production quality of his latest book. The raised print on the front cover, the large, colorful picture of the author on the inside, and the graphic on the first page of each chapter represent an investment in this work. It's obvious that strong sales are expected.

Though it was well-received, his best-selling book The Circle Maker was a failure in my estimation; build around the story of a first century Jewish miracle-worker, the encouragement to the reader was to "draw prayer circles around your family, your job, your problems, and your goals." Whisper, on the other hand, is less mystical and more biblical. Batterson demonstrates how God speaks to His people through Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings and Pain. In every case, Batterson stresses that Scripture must line up with the individual's experience. Whisper is effective in taking the reader back to the Bible and draws the reader into a deeper walk with God.